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CHAT ampersand (was: noun compounds)

From:R A Brown <ray@...>
Date:Tuesday, March 7, 2006, 14:43
Mark J. Reed wrote:
> On 3/6/06, Sally Caves <scaves@...> wrote:
>>What happened to the old ampersand? Just too difficult to get in all those >>squiggles? Are we that hard pressed (so to speak) for paper? > > It does seem to have fallen out of use. About the only ampersands I > see anymore are in HTML entities, or between parameters in a URL query > string - and even in that use seems to have been largely replaced by > a semicolon.
I'm glad to say the good ol' ampersand is still very much alive & kicking this side of the Pond. I frequently use it both when I'm using the keyboard & in handwritten stuff. The cursive form of the ampersand is still AFAIK widely used over here where it tends to look like a lower case Greek alpha, usually rotated 90 degrees counter-clockwise. But i prefer to write the thing properly :) It was given status of a separate character in Speedwords and place before the letter A; it occurs in the words: & /and/ = 'and' &e /'ande/ = et cetera BTW 'et cetera' is not frequently printed as _&c_ this side of the Pond. -- Ray ================================== ================================== MAKE POVERTY HISTORY


Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>